Brownville sled dog race draws mushers from afar

12:31 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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BROWNVILLE JUNCTION, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a good time had by both man and man's best friend at the Brownville and Beyond sled dog race Saturday.

This was the fourth year the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club put on the event, though last years was cancelled due to a lack of snow. Around 15 dog sled teams participated, with some traveling as far as Maryland to compete. Rico Portalatin traveled from Massachusetts for the trip, and it was well worth it. His dogs ran their way to first place with a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

"Almost a little bit tricky to control them at times but they had a blast," said Portalatin of his dogs.

Teams mushed the 30 mile trail starting in Brownville Junction, wrapping around Chairback Mountain and back. Though many Mainers may find themselves complaining about the recent cold weather we've been having, race organizer, Margie Williams, says that Saturday's conditions were perfect for racers and their dogs a like.

"It can't be too cold and can't be too hot. The dogs need it cool and the people need it a little warmer so it's been nice today," said Williams.


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